nothing ruined the Bugs Bunny show like too many Road Runner cartoons.
I felt the same way as a kid. It was so mundane, and repetitive. You always knew the Coyote was going to fail, and the desert backdrop was dull.\
Funny, I enjoy watching them now as an adult.
I didn''t hate the cartoon, but I hated the character. I always wanted RR to die, but Coyote was too stupid. \
I also wanted Tom to kill Jerry, or at least seriously injure him.
I liked the Coyote better in the toons featuring Sam the Sheepdog and those limp, feeble sheep with the stick legs.\
Those sheep - I know people who act just like them today.
I agree with all of you. The fact that RR cartoons were mostly silent didn''t help. The Roadrunner had less personality than any cartoon "good guy" I can think of.
i loved Road Runner and found bugs insufferable.\
I loved the catchy theme song for Road Runner.
The Roadrunner cartoon represented the existential nature of man. The Coyote was always making his plans, always thinking that he would finally win. Then the Roadrunner would come up behind him, and "beep", "beep"; the sound of the universe laughing at him.
[quote]The Roadrunner cartoon represented the existential nature of man. \
I always wanted Wile E. Coyote to do me. Yeah, in that way. I figure he woulda been sorta like Kelso over on "That 70''s Show".
Ick. I Know.
Strange, I hated it too.
That coyote is really a crazy clown.\
When will he learn that he never can mow him down?
r2, your feelings about these cartoons are very telling. You wanted to Tom to kill Jerry?
When I was growing up, I thought the Roadrunner was saying "meep, meep."\
It actually made more sense to me then than "beep, beep."\
Nowadays, I''m not sure.
Oh I hated Tweety- he was a total cuntface. I liked Sylvester. Tweety deserved to die, evil little shit that he was!
That''s because Tweety was clearly a gay character.
I''ve posted this before but the big rooster sounds like my grandfather, a good ole southern democrat.
I have totally related to Daffy Duck all my life. I am him; the rest of the world is Bugs.
Any non-Bugs Bunny cartoon was a drag, but Road Runner was the worst of all. OP, have you bought the DVDs so you can watch all the Bugs Bunny you want, without having to suffer through the rest, unless you want to?
part of what made it so unappealing to kids was the way it looked. the desert? really? what''s funny about miles of endless nothing. it just looked bleak and unfunny. had it been set in tropical forest with a lot of color and interesting things to catch kids'' fancy, it might have fared better. and the fact that neither of them spoke -- so they didn''t have silly voices like the rabbit or the duck -- didn''t help save them from their bleakness.
So did I OP. Also, Tom and Jerry. I always wanted the coyote and Tom to catch and destroy the road runner and Jerry. At least South Park lets Cartman win sometimes and get away with stuff, or just be right. \
That is one of the worst show setups of all time: Cute and annoying little guy or underdog blithely or cleverly escapes and eludes the devious bad guy, who often has a legitimate grudge. I don''t understand how that is entertaining.
I had two significantly older brothers. I recall vividly one Saturday afternoon watching a Roadrunner cartoon with them. They were both literally hooting with laughter, while I stared at them, wondering what was so funny. As I got older, I found more and more humor in the Roadrunner cartoons. Maybe, children really aren''t meant to appreciate the actual humor, much like many of the puns and references in the dialogue of other cartoons.
Me, too. I was a Daffy Duck fan.
[quote]I''ve posted this before but the big rooster sounds like my grandfather, a good ole southern democrat.\
Foghorn Leghorn''s speaking voice was a takeoff on the Southern (therefore Democratic) Senator Claghorn character from Fred Allen''s radio program. \
"Ah say, that''s boy''s dumbah than a sack o'' wet mice!"
R26 here. I''d forgotten about tweety bird, perhaps the most annoying character of them all. I didn''t particularly like sylvester either, but boy did I want him to kill tweety bird.\
Every cartoon with this scenario was completely annoying.
My favorite was the Sylvester cartoons with Sylvester Junior where the baby kangaroo is in the basement and every time Jr. goes down he sees a mouse and every time Sr. goes down there''s a boxing baby kangaroo. \
By the time the kid winds up with a paper bag on his head because he''s so ashamed of his father I''ve lost it completely.
The best part of the roadrunner cartoons was that endless wait after the coyote went off the cliff, and that final *POOF* when he eventually hit the ground.
Those cartoons have so much sly, subtle humor that I completely missed as a child.
I loved RR because Wylie was just so stupid, falling for the same tricks over and over, he never learned and that made me laugh. The theme song made me laugh too.
"Oh I hated Tweety- he was a total cuntface."\
LOL--that gave me a cackle. I hated that smug little cuntface, too.
The Road Runner was gay and Wile E. Coyote had a rabid case of internalized homophobia (which explains why, even though he hated the Road Runner, he desperately wanted to "eat" him).\
And didn''t you know that ACME stood for "Amateur College Mammalius Erectus?"
I like Mac and Tosh... the two gay gophers. I later learned that it was Warner Brother''s subtle way of making fun of how ''gay'' Disney''s Chip''n''Dale were.
R14, that bit was funnier when Bugs and Daffy did it:
The WB cartoons all had subliminal messages in them.\
Every 40 frames there would be 6 frames that had, in red 10 point font, "PREPARE FOR LAUGHTER".\
I got a hold of some copies of the original reels, and noticed that...apparently this was common in cartoons back then?
Daffy Duck is obviously the best, then Buggs, then Sylvester. I have a lot of time for Foghorn Leghorn, and early Tom & Jerry when it was still violent and they didn''t have that cutesy duck or ''Spike''s son'' fucking it up.\
The absolute worst of the WB cartoons was Speedy Gonzalez. It was just so repetitive. Fuck Speedy Gonzalez and his stupid one-dimensional racist caricature, fuck it to Hades.
Anyone remember Witch Hazel? I loved her cackle, the hairpins flying and those pointy shoes.
For some reason I really hated Disney characters as a kid. Never had any interest in any of them but loved the Warner Bros.
Who was the rapist skunk? Watching that now, It''s uncomfortable how insanely petrified the female skunk is.
That''s a lovely vagina cape you''re wearing, R43. Going to MichFest this year?
Pepe Le Peu
Pepe Le Peu. The female was a cut, not a skunk. That makes Pepe a crossBREEDER.
Pepe Le Pew
The female skunk is really a black cat who usually gets a stripe accidentally painted on her back making Pepe think she is a skunk.
Pepe represents man''s eternal pursuit of love and romance despite failures.
[quote]The female was a cut, not a skunk.\
you mean like a ''gash''?
[quote]For some reason I really hated Disney characters as a kid.\
That''s something I''ve never understood. Mickey Mouse is the most popular character in the world, but what''s he done? Steamboat Mickey? Give me a fucking break. He''s the Jerry Seinfeld of animation.
R46, "cat," not "cut"
[quote]Anyone remember Witch Hazel?\
Witch Hazel was voiced by Bea Benaderet, who was on Petticoat Junction and was the voice of Betty Rubble as well as Granny in the Tweety Cartoons.
Let''s go eat the goodies! The Goodies! The Goodies!
I felt exactly the same way, op. The only thing I liked about the RR was the theme song. \
Hated: RR, Tweety, that pervy skunk.\
Loved: Bugs, speedy gonzalez, scooby doo
I loved Road Runner - my dad and I watched it together, and we especially loved Wile E. Coyote - who managed to be crafty without being clever and evil without success. The guy who said the Coyote captured an existential truth had it right on...but I don''t really care. The cartoon will always mean something far more important to me: memories of Saturday mornings spent laughing with my dad.
I loved Pepe Le Pew. I think it was because he wasn''t chasing the cat to eat it but rather to make love to it. Now, of course, I realize he''s basically trying to rape the poor thing, but I still enjoy the cartoons; they certainly hold up much better than the Road Runner cartoons.
Speedy Gonzalez may have been a stereotype caricature of a Mexican campesino but at least he ALWAYS outsmarted the gringo cat Sylvester.
"Anyone remember Witch Hazel? I loved her cackle, the hairpins flying and those pointy shoes."\
A cup of tea, a cookie, and you, R41.
Speedy looked diseased and dangerous.
R49 = Jan Brewer
I love most all of the WB characters. Can''t STAND MGM cartoons (looking at you, Tom and Jerry).\
The brilliant Chuck Jones worked out many of his early gags with Tex Avery.\
You can see ideas that were conceived in the RR cartoons come to fruition in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.\
Jones'' simplicity is what makes him last through the generations. After the black and white cat shows her utter horror and disgust at his interest, his one word reply is "Flatterer."\
He changed the character of Daffy Duck with the short "Rabid Fire."\
Chuck Jones said "Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are."
r61, one of my favorite responses from Pepe Le Pew: the cat hits him over the head with a mallet, and he responds with "Flirt!"
[quote] As I got older, I found more and more humor in the Roadrunner cartoons. Maybe, children really aren't meant to appreciate the actual humor
Those cartoons were created to run as shorts before regular movies, so they were intended for children AND adults, so they had to work on more than one level.
[quote]That is one of the worst show setups of all time: Cute and annoying little guy or underdog blithely or cleverly escapes and eludes the devious bad guy, who often has a legitimate grudge
like who? I can't think of a single recurring villain who had a legitimate grievance. Marvin the Martian wanted to destroy the earth because it blocked his view of Venus; Elmer Fudd was hunting for sport, and the coyote wanted to eat the road runner (and not out of hunger, since he had unlimited funds to spend on Acme Inc. poorly designed junk)
And Bugs always seemed to be minding his own business until pushed too far. I was always thrilled when he finally turned to the camera and announced: 'Of course you know, THIS means war!'
Sigh. Love that rabbit.
That''s a good one too, R62.\
Pepe was based on Charles Boyer, no?
The legitimate grievance was that the protagonist was always annoying.
I liked Casper. That''s why I''m the Casper troll.
I hated Road Runner but loved Coyote. Hated Tweety but loved Sylvester. Hated Jerry but loved Tom.\
I''m sure there''s a theme somewhere...
[quote]The best part of the roadrunner cartoons was that endless wait after the coyote went off the cliff, and that final *POOF* when he eventually hit the ground.\
You are so right r32. Loved that part.
Oh, those late era Looney Tunes are so depressing. They just ooze "cheap" and sometimes the only thing they have going for them is Mel Blanc''s voice work.
Someone says he or she didn't hate the cartoon Road Runner but hated the character. Well, I hate the cartoon.
"I meet such INTERESTING monsters..."
Funny then and funny now. And Marvin the Martian, come on. How can you not laugh?
[quote] You always knew the Coyote was going to fail,
Unlike Gilligan's Island where you just knew Gilligan wouldn't screw up the rescue.
Or like Pepe Lepew where you knew he wouldn't fall in love with a cat.
Or like on I Love Lucy where Lucy would try to get into the show
Or on Three's Company where you knew Janet or Mr Furley would overhear Jack talking to Chrissie (Terri or Cindy) and think it was about sex
I loved Tom & Jerry, but I did want Tom to get Jerry every now and then. Even though the "Mammy-Two-Shoes" character is offensive, she had some amusing one-liners.
I guffawed that line, R80.
I haven't seen that cartoon in 40 years, but I still remember Bugs saying it while he "Madged" the monster's nails.
I'm with the OP. Less Roadrunner. And more Daffy Duck.
Daffy was a homophobe
Never cared for the Road Runner. Each cartoon follows the exact same pattern. Wile E. Coyote is much better when he's paired with Bugs Bunny.
I hated the Road Runner & Coyote, too. Repetitive, boring, simple. Kind of like Seinfeld - it would be funny until the Kramer character which was repetitive, simple, slapstick for the people who could only get that kind of humour.